There’s still no I in team

STEVE TURNER
Staff Writer

Leadership is an attribute only a few people have. What defines a leader? Is it the mindset or the determination to achieve the goal that each person has set for themselves and the others around them? In most instances, leadership can be found on just about every sports team. A successful team doesn’t win because of one person. Without the chemistry and willingness of the players to contribute, a team will never be successful.

How does one determine who is a leader though? Each sport has a position that normally has the leadership role. In basketball, the leader is most likely the point guard. In football, the leader is most likely the quarterback. In soccer, the leader is most likely a striker. Regardless of the sport, these leaders all share one goal and that is to win games through determination, ambition, and vision.

Determination is a key quality that a leader should possess. Even in the darkest of times, the leader of a team should have an optimistic mindset. They should never let their teammates give up. This person knows what to say and what to do to get their teammates back in the game and ready to achieve the goal.

Ambition is also something a leader must have. The desire and passion to win is what drives determination. At the end of the day, sports are all about winning. A leader will get other players involved, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, to achieve the ultimate goal.

Vision is crucial for a leader to have so their team can succeed. Setting your eyes on the prize is something that is necessary. Goals must be set and the leader is one that makes sure the team achieves them. There is no “I” in team, but there are individuals that make a big difference within them.

The biggest names in sports are usually the leaders of their team. LeBron James is the perfect definition of a leader with basketball. He can score, get his teammates open looks, and also get everyone involved no matter what their role is on the team.

Quarterback Tom Brady is an amazing leader also. He has the vision to make amazing passes and he doesn’t just target one specific individual. He uses his vision and gets whoever is open involved.

In soccer, Lionel Messi is the perfect example of a leader. There is nothing that guy can’t do for his team. He scores, gets the ball around the field, and provides the best support for his teammates.

There is no I in team, but there is a person who dictates the tempo of the game. Every sport has the person that makes the biggest difference. This doesn’t mean the other teammates aren’t special or gifted. Every player needs to contribute for a team to have ultimate success. In that group of players, they need one person to lean on. An empire must have a leader, but an empire also needs contributions from everyone to stay mighty.

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